Category Archives: Travel

Omatsuri in Japan

Summer in Japan is pretty interesting. On the one hand, you have to face heat, humidity, mosquitos, typhoons (more on that in another post) and such. On the other hand, you have lots of neighborhood summer festivals called omatsuri (お祭り). … Continue reading

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Doraemon: The Robot Cat from the Future

As mentioned previously, while we were in Japan, we saw lots of promotions for the latest Doraemon movie, “STAND BY ME ドラえもん”, you can see here. In Tokyo, we found a “park” full of Doraemon statues like so: Including this … Continue reading

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Ohakamairi

Every year, when we visit Japan, we often pay respect to my wife’s deceased relatives and ancestors. This is a common practice in Japan called ohakamairi (お墓参り) where ohaka just means a grave, while mairu is the humble version of … Continue reading

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Doraemon Shogi

I’ve been playing Japanese chess, or shogi for about 7-8 years, though I don’t play very often (and I’m not very good). However, while in Japan recently, we found this Shogi set: This is a special edition Doraemon shogi board. … Continue reading

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Famous Korean Poetry on a Fan

Recently a Korean friend’s mom gave this fan to our daughter: If you look up close though, you can see a poem: This poem is really intersting to me because it shows both Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, and Chinese characters … Continue reading

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My Visit to Utsunomiya, Japan

Hello, Although I’ve posted a few times about seeing Korea, I wanted to post some stuff about Japan too. My wife’s maternal-side of the family lives outside Utsunomiya, Japan, which is a medium-sized city in Tochigi Prefecture, 2 hours north … Continue reading

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My Brief Visit to Incheon Airport

On my return trip back from Japan, I transferred at South Korea’s airport, Incheon, which is just outside Seoul. It’s a large airport and quite nice to visit and was opened just in 2001, so it’s actually pretty new. Incheon … Continue reading

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